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Old 11 September 2019, 06:09 PM   #1
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Should I buy the airking??!!

In Italy so I get 22% vat back. Seems to be worth it at under 5k?!?




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Old 11 September 2019, 06:11 PM   #2
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If you're lusting after it with a passion, then yes. Otherwise no.
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Old 11 September 2019, 06:19 PM   #3
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If you're lusting after it with a passion, then yes. Otherwise no.


I donít know if Iíd call it lust but itís a cool casual piece. Curious if it gets a lot of wrist time from people who own them.


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Old 11 September 2019, 06:25 PM   #4
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Old 11 September 2019, 06:28 PM   #5
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Subjective to everyone's taste and collection. IMHO if you have to ask, it's probably a sign to not buy.
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Old 11 September 2019, 06:33 PM   #6
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Have they got one in stock ready to go?

I like the colours of this, but can't fall in love with the conical bezel myself.
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Old 11 September 2019, 06:45 PM   #7
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Have they got one in stock ready to go?.

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Old 11 September 2019, 07:02 PM   #8
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@jbnjbn: be aware you dont get the full 22% back.
The price shown is already including the VAT.
So you have to divide the price by 1,22 and the result x 0,22.

So you wil get back approx 18% (minus the charges from global blue)
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Old 11 September 2019, 07:12 PM   #9
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Old 11 September 2019, 07:16 PM   #10
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Other than the $$$, is there anything else that you like about the watch???
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Old 11 September 2019, 07:21 PM   #11
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The question you should be asking is;

Would I buy this watch if I was at home and the watch was in my local AD's window and it was at full price?

If you can answer yes to this question then you have the opportunity to buy this watch at a discounted price, spend your money and enjoy the watch.

However, if the answer to the question is no then you are buying simply because the watch is there and it is cheap, so I wouldn't buy it.
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Old 11 September 2019, 07:22 PM   #12
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I donít know if Iíd call it lust but itís a cool casual piece. Curious if it gets a lot of wrist time from people who own them.


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Your only concern should be the amount of wrist time on your own wrist, and not other peoples.
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Old 11 September 2019, 07:28 PM   #13
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If you like it, buy it. If you want it, buy it. If you don't, don't. If you can't say for certain, don't. If you're considering it for no other reason than they have one in stock, don't.

Are you buying the watch or the discount? Are you highly confident that you will arrive home with the discount intact after you have cleared inbound Customs?

I think that you have probably already answered your question when you posted here. If you have to ask....
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Old 11 September 2019, 08:41 PM   #14
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Buy what you like....

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Old 11 September 2019, 08:44 PM   #15
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Old 11 September 2019, 08:48 PM   #16
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Not my favorite as the dial is one I have never warmed up too. It seems like it is about the deal and there are money amounts on some watches that could make me a buyer, just not this one. If you like it though, go for it.
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Old 11 September 2019, 08:59 PM   #17
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Would not be "worth" it to me, I would not want to wear that watch.
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Old 11 September 2019, 09:16 PM   #18
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Some opinions on the 116900 Air King
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Opinion 1) I’ve seen the AK posted new for $6900 on reputable watch sites. MSRP is a bargain these days at $6200. Picked one up at my AD about a month ago. It’s a really cool piece in the metal and is great in a collection. It has a storied aviation history. As I’ve said before on this forum I think it’s a sleeper that will gain interest even more so when it’s discontinued which I bet will be next year
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Opinion 2) Because I was interested to add an Air King 116900 additionally to my Rolex collection I observed Chrono24 and other places for some time.
Generally up till short the AK / new was available for a little below MSRP, whereas this is below the MSRP of the Explorer I and the Milgauss.
However since some time I noticed that prices are rising, even up till MSRP plus 15%.
This is new for me; in the meantime I purchased a NOS / full in the seals one at 3% below MSRP.
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Opinion 3) Oh, what a beauty.....really distinctive from the general Sub-style stuff...this is how a tool watch has to be...
....most AD's can not supply the Air King from stock any more
....interest in the 116900 seems raising...
....prices are definitively over $ 6.200,-; time of under MSRP prices are over...
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The Air King 116900 is a beauty beeing the only one in the Rolex program with a dial with 1/2 digit Arabic figures (5-55); crown in yellow and Rolex logo in green, sec. pointer green, white gold 3,6 and 9 and the anti-magnetic properties of the Milgauss included for free ...
Furthermore, a great size of 40 mm, pleasantly "flat"; wears it as a personal made watch... and "brushed midlinks" ... really a barely discovered Rolex model... all elements of "the past" in a unique modern layout!
And then that unique "low" entry price ... (still) ...
These are co-conditions for becoming a future Classic ...
By the way ... that very original "technical" dial with those subtle Rolex colors green / yellow should be allowed to work in on you. ... it is very different from all other Rolex models ... something new / refreshing and yet with the familiar Rolex elements of " in the past ”… a good chance that this Air King suddenly“ catches on you and that you get to know what a unique opportunity is (still) offered with this model ...



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Old 11 September 2019, 09:19 PM   #19
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Some opinions on the 116900 Air King
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Opinion 1) Iíve seen the AK posted new for $6900 on reputable watch sites. MSRP is a bargain these days at $6200. Picked one up at my AD about a month ago. Itís a really cool piece in the metal and is great in a collection. It has a storied aviation history. As Iíve said before on this forum I think itís a sleeper that will gain interest even more so when itís discontinued which I bet will be next year
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Opinion 2) Because I was interested to add an Air King 116900 additionally to my Rolex collection I observed Chrono24 and other places for some time.
Generally up till short the AK / new was available for a little below MSRP, whereas this is below the MSRP of the Explorer I and the Milgauss.
However since some time I noticed that prices are rising, even up till MSRP plus 15%.
This is new for me; in the meantime I purchased a NOS / full in the seals one at 3% below MSRP.
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Opinion 3) Oh, what a beauty.....really distinctive from the general Sub-style stuff...this is how a tool watch has to be...
....most AD's can not supply the Air King from stock any more
....interest in the 116900 seems raising...
....prices are definitively over $ 6.200,-; time of under MSRP prices are over...
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The Air King 116900 is a beauty beeing the only one in the Rolex program with a dial with 1/2 digit Arabic figures (5-55); crown in yellow and Rolex logo in green, sec. pointer green, white gold 3,6 and 9 and the anti-magnetic properties of the Milgauss included for free ...
Furthermore, a great size of 40 mm, pleasantly "flat"; wears it as a personal made watch... and "brushed midlinks" ... really a barely discovered Rolex model... all elements of "the past" in a unique modern layout!
And then that unique "low" entry price ... (still) ...
These are co-conditions for becoming a future Classic ...
By the way ... that very original "technical" dial with those subtle Rolex colors green / yellow should be allowed to work in on you. ... it is very different from all other Rolex models ... something new / refreshing and yet with the familiar Rolex elements of " in the past ĒÖ a good chance that this Air King suddenlyď catches on you and that you get to know what a unique opportunity is (still) offered with this model ...





Youíve convinced me - Thanks!


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Old 11 September 2019, 09:50 PM   #20
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If it sings to you get it. If not don't. I buddy of mine got one, loved it from the start, and wears it as his daily.
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Old 11 September 2019, 10:42 PM   #21
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Should I buy the airking??!!

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In Italy so I get 22% vat back. Seems to be worth it at under 5k?!?




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If this is your one and only or finances are tight ó since you had to ask for validation ó probably not. Use those funds towards something you really want.

If youíre a watch enthusiast that buys - enjoys - flips for something new then yes ó sounds like a good opportunity to buy at good price and create a unique Rolex experience. Because the price is pretty good, you should be whole/close to whole when you flip.


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Old 11 September 2019, 10:47 PM   #22
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This and ym2 are the only Rolex I find actually ugly. Lol.
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Old 11 September 2019, 10:57 PM   #23
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Yes, I totally love mine. How could you not love that interesting dial. IMO this one will be a collectible in the future. The gray market is already showing that by selling them for over list price.
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Old 11 September 2019, 11:03 PM   #24
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Not my favorite as the dial is one I have never warmed up too. It seems like it is about the deal and there are money amounts on some watches that could make me a buyer, just not this one. If you like it though, go for it.
Nope, itís about it being different from the old fashioned conservative Rolex. Do you really know why the new dial design was made the way it is? There is a reason. Do some research. Hear is a hint..
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Old 11 September 2019, 11:25 PM   #25
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The Rolex Air-King pays tribute to the pioneers of flight and the Oysterís role in the epic story of aviation. Moreover, Rolex Air-King Ė still remains one of the longest-running production models within Rolexís modern lineup. In fact, the other two are the iconic Datejust and also the original Oyster Perpetual rivaling it for longevity. But, Rolex released the Air-King, like the Datejust, back in 1945. In fact, the watch becomes the part of a larger collection of ďAirĒ models meant to honor the British Royal Air Force for their service during the 1930s and Ď40s. This collection also included an Air-Lion, Air-Tiger, and Air-Giant. Until 1953, Rolex Air-King outlasted its three fellows ďAirĒ watches. It happened with the ďtransitionalĒ Ref. 6552 model. Then, in 1957, with the appearance of the Air-King Ref. 5500, finally the model acquired its familiar modern aesthetic.

Since then, the Air-King positioned itself as one of the more affordable options within the Rolex portfolio. And, after being briefly discontinued in 2014, resurrected in 2016 as the Ref. 116900. Todayís model features a 40-mm steel Oyster case, with a screw-down crown and comes together with an oyster



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Old 11 September 2019, 11:33 PM   #26
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And still another interesting photo of the Air King at work.
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And still another interesting photo of the Air King at work.
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That is a fantastic picture......
One picture expresses what the Air King stands for and what the heritage is of this phenomenal Rolex type ......"the Instrument Watch"
This is a reel tool watch...
This is a Rolex in its true environment.....
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Old 11 September 2019, 11:52 PM   #28
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If it speaks to you then go for it! I personally have had a soft spot for the new Air King. Just quirky enough to be different with the green print. The real question is will you wear it?
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Old 12 September 2019, 12:08 AM   #29
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Shouldnt this post be titled "whats my chances of flipping this in the USA and making a profit"
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Under 5k does seem like quite a deal. You can use it to trade towards something else if you donít like it.


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